Usually when cats chase their tails, they are simply playing. Cats are not being fooled; they know their tail is theirs. They often groom it when they're finished having fun. The tail is just a handy toy.
However, certain medical conditions sometimes lead to tail chasing. When there's a physical problem causing the behavior, cats often seem frantic or irritated rather than good-humored. For example, fleas cause intense itching. If cats appear to be chasing their tail crazily, they may really be trying to reach an "unscratchable" itch. Cats sometimes chase their tails because of allergies to substances such as food, pollen, grass or mold. Occasionally, cats react to stressful situations by chasing their tail. They perform the activity in an effort to relieve their anxiety.Learn More
Cats do have control of their tails and use them as a form of communication. A cat often uses its tail to indicate to others what kind of mood it is in.Full Answer >
Cats wag their tails to send messages to both humans and other animals. The positioning of the tail as well as the position of the ears and the cat's facial expression are all clues as to what the cat's tail wag or wave means.Full Answer >
A cat that wags its tail is not happy. This motion usually indicates a desire to be left alone. If the wagging escalates to thumping the ground, the cat may be warning of an impending attack.Full Answer >
Cat breeds that don't shed as much tend not to be as popular or well-known as common house cats, but there are a number of them, including Rex cats and certain European and Asian breeds. Cats that don't shed much are known as hypoallergenic cats. While no cat is completely non-allergenic, there are a number of cats that don't shed enough to cause an allergic reaction in most people.Full Answer >